DescriptionEarly Aviator's Certificate Issued by the National Aeronautic Association of the United States, Signed by Orville Wright. At the turn of the Century, a small group of influential people formed the Aero Club of America. Its successor, The National Aeronautic Association (NAA), was incorporated in 1922 and kept all US flying records and issued all US pilot licenses from 1905 until the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1926. The NAA, in turn, was a member of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the international standard-setting and record-keeping body for aeronautics and astronautics. This early aviator's license was issued to Irving Girard Hay on July 17, 1929 by the NAA with the approval of the FAI. It is the 71st license issued by the NAA, and is signed by Orville Wright as Chairman of the Contest Committee. It measures 3 x 4.5", has blue wrappers and cardboard pages, and includes Hay's signature and photograph. The license also contains the following statement printed in six languages: "The Civil, Naval and Military Authorities, including the Police, are respectfully requested to aid and assist the holder of this Certificate." License bears well worn covers; interior leaves are moderately aged toned. This early license bearing Wright's clear, sharp signature, is a true rarity!
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